‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ U.S. sends Persian New Year greetings [video]

“I send my warmest wishes to those in the United States and around the world observing the ancient holiday of Nowruz,” President Trump said in a message on March 20.

Nowruz, the first day of the year on the Persian calendar, is a holy day for Zoroastrians and Baha’is and is a national holiday in Iran and many Central Asian countries. It’s also observed in many regions in the Caucasus and the Balkans as well as in Western Asia.

“Nowruz is a special time of thanksgiving and celebration for many across western and central Asia, and especially in Iran, to gather and reflect on the blessings of the previous year as they prepare with a renewed spirit of optimism for the coming of spring,” the president said.

Nowruz is observed on the March equinox, the day when the sun directly shines on the Earth’s equator and the daytime and nighttime hours are about equal. This year in the United States it fell on March 20.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also commemorated the new year, saying, “On behalf of the American people, I extend my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the U.S., Iran and around the world. May the new year be filled with rebirth, health and prosperity. Nowruz Mubarak!”